NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE EDUCATION DIRECTORATE

Center for Psychology in Schools and Education (CPSE) update

News on the Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education's Core Psychology for Teachers Project and the Presidential Task Force on the Future of Psychological Science as a STEM Discipline
Core psychology for teachers

In continuing its mission to enhance the role of psychology in improving teaching and learning in schools (PreK–12), the Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education (CPSE) has been focusing on its Core Psychology for Teachers Project. This effort, chaired by Mary Brabeck, PhD (New York University), aims to identify the core knowledge from psychology that should be included in teacher preparation programs.

The coalition met at the APA convention in Toronto in 2009 to develop a plan to continue this initiative. One major component of the project involves analyzing various documents to validate variables associated with effective teaching, including the Advanced Placement curricular requirements for psychology; the PRAXIS teacher certification exam (ETS); School Psychology: A Blueprint for Training and Practice III (NASP); Lessons Learned: New Teachers Talk About Their Jobs, Challenges and Long-Range Plans (National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality and Public Agenda); Professional Standards for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation Institutions (NCATE); and educational psychology textbooks.

Presidential Task Force on the Future of Psychological Science as a STEM Discipline

In collaboration with APA’s Science Directorate, CPSE has been staffing a presidential task force on the future of psychological science as a STEM discipline. APA President James Bray appointed Jack Dovidio, PhD (Yale University), as chair. Other task force members include Frank Durso, PhD (Georgia Tech University); David Francis, PhD (University of Houston); David Klahr, PhD (Carnegie Mellon University); Jennifer Manly, PhD (Columbia University); and Valerie Reyna, PhD (Cornell University).

The task force held their first meeting on October 28–30, 2009, in Washington, DC.